And what better way to celebrate this annual migration than Holiday with the Cranes, a fun experience hosted by the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council (GINTC)!
Attendees flock to various special programs – from the Dawn Patrol to an East End Winter Coastal Birding exploration over the course of the weekend.
This unique program is just one of the annual events that the nature-minded team at GINTC presents each year. Their 16th annual Featherfest celebration is coming April 17 – 22, 2018, bringing birders of all ages and experience levels from around the globe to our corner of the Gulf coast!
(You know what they say about the early bird – they get the best vacation home nest!…or something like that! 😉 We’ve got great Galveston Island vacation rental homes available for flocks of all sizes. We would love to welcome you to one for Featherfest!)
October is the perfect time to catch some of your favorite feathered friends frolicking on Galveston’s shores!
Galveston ornithologist Jim Stevenson recently sent us these great images, and we just had to share!
Here’s what Jim had to say:
“the rains of Harvey created a lot of freshwater pools for shorebirds to feed, as the Gulf’s shores were well under water. From left to right above, there are Western Willets, a Great-tailed Grackle, Black-bellied Plover w/ a Black-necked Stilt behind it, a Short-billed Dowitcher bending over, a Long-billed Curlew flying right to left, a Laughing Gull already in winter plumage with a Marbled Godwit right behind it, two more Willets & another black-belly and a Spotted Sandpiper (hard to make out) flitting at the right edge of the picture.
During the height of Hurricane Harvey’s winds, birds like this Long-billed Curlew were hunkering down, of course facing the wind. You can see the nearby Marbled Godwit was also low. This female (see the long bill?) also still has much of her breeding (alternate) plumage, as shorebirds molt a great deal in August and April.”
Galveston Island is a great birding location all year round, but it gets even better in the spring! Check out FeatherFest – Galveston’s annual birding and nature photo festival!